Can I live in a shed? Yes you can!…If you do it right!
You’re standing on the ridge, looking over the deep green pastures and down to the sparkling river that winds through your dream property. The Real Estate agent pops out that sweet line to try and seal the deal….
“you could always build a shed and live in that till you can afford to build”
Yes! that’s it! you rationalise, we can afford that! and before you know it you’re back in the office and slapping down a deposit to secure that Rural block you’ve always wanted…. but wait!
Living in a shed is something that you must look into thoroughly first because in actual fact it is generally not allowed.
Even as a temporary dwelling there are special conditions imposed by local councils that you should find out about first.
Contact your council or have a chat with a local Private Certifier in the area that you are thinking about trying to live in a shed.
Most council websites have details on their policy regarding shed homes and often you need to have a Development Application approved for a future home if your considering a shed as a temporary dwelling.
Always make sure the land you are purchasing has a dwelling entitlement already or that you will be able to secure one from the local council or you may never be allowed to build a home on your block.
Now… Dont get me wrong here, It is possible to live legally in a building that looks like a shed but essentially it will not be a shed.
A Shed or Garage is a class 10a building (not for habitation). For a dwelling you need a Class 1 building.
That said, it is usually possible to purchase shed kits with Class 1 engineering that can be made habitable.
Many companies are producing sheds with class 1 engineering that look great! With mezzanine floors and balconies like the “Ranbuild Lodge”.
Some of the other things you need to do to make a shed home a habitable dwelling are
- Have a proper approved septic/waste disposal system or be connected to sewer.
- Meet Basix (building sustainability index) eg , proper insulation, an efficient hot water service, cross ventilation and more.
- Your slab must have a vapour barrier to prevent rising damp and you might also be required to have termite prevention.
- Make sure you insulate well with Insulbreak 65 – click here
So yes! you can live in a shed home if you do it right and do it in a suitable location. There are some fabulous shed homes out there! Just make sure you do your homework first.